Red Hot Chili Peppers Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

11th January 2017

Fact: U2, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance the Rapper and The Weeknd are set to headline the 2017 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. Lorde, the xx, Travis Scott and Major Lazer are also due to perform. The event runs from 8 to 11 June (17).

4th December 2015

Fact: Red Hot Chili Peppers are to headline Britain's Reading and Leeds Festival in August (16). The By the Way rockers have previously topped the bill three times. Slaves, Twenty One Pilots and the Courteneers are also on the 2016 line-up.

17th August 2015

Fact: Red Hot Chili Peppers rocker Flea has taken up beekeeping to help boost the population of honeybees. The bassist had three beehives installed in his backyard at his California home in July (15) and the green activist has been sharing photos of his new hobby on

1st May 2015

Fact: The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ozzy Osbourne have joined a campaign condemning bear bile farming in Asia. The Animals Asia campaign video features Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis, Simon Le Bon, Jimmy Page, Moby and Jackass star Steve-O, among others.

25th April 2014

Fact: Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante is working with British band Duran Duran on their 14th album. He has been working remotely from his home in California, adding his guitar work on their tracks via the Internet.

9th April 2014

Fact: Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is teaming up with members of disbanded rock band The Mars Volta for their new project Antemasque. Guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala have recruited Flea along with former The Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch for their new project, and they posted a video of a rehearsal on on Tuesday (08Apr14).

17th April 2013

Fact: Sir Paul McCartney and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are set to headline the 2013 Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival this summer (13). Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Kaskade, Vampire Weekend, D'Angelo and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are also on the bill for the San Francisco, California event, which will take place from 9 - 11 August (13).

15th April 2013

Tweet: "Coachella... saw Grimes she was fun. Saw James Blake he was beautiful. Saw Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds they absolutely ruled... Gonna come for the whole weekend next week really wanna see Grinderman and Earl Sweatshirt." Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea managed to watch some acts at California's Coachella festival over the weekend (13-14Apr13) before his band's headline set, but wants to see more at the event's upcoming second leg on 19-20 April (13).

2nd November 2012

Fact: Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis turned 50 on Thursday (01Nov12).

23rd March 2012

Quote: “Jimmy Page has come to our shows before but we haven’t had a chance to play with him. That would be really cool so maybe that can happen. Maybe we can get Page to come out to Knebworth. I saw him come on with Foo Fighters at Wembley.” Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith is eager to play with the Led Zeppelin legend at their shows in Knebworth, England in June (12).

21st February 2012

Fact: Fans can get their hands on this year's (12) Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival tickets on Saturday (25Feb12), just one week after organisers were forced to shut down purchasing due to overwhelming demand and technical problems. The highly-anticipated four-day event will kick off in Tennessee in June (12) with headliners Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish and the newly-reunited Beach Boys.

19th January 2012

Quote: "After I walk offstage, I'll go back (to) the dressing room and meditate. Then I'll eat, go back (to) my hotel and go on a 3am hour-long walk... I used to panic on tour, lose it and fall apart and crumble, but now I have it down to a science." Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea on his post-concert ritual.

28th November 2011

Fact: The Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced their first tour dates in five years - the band will play six shows in the U.S. in January and February (12) with more dates to be added.

19th August 2011

Quote: "Creativity waxes and wanes. We're very lucky. We've made bunches of f**king money. We could be sat on the beach eating burritos, but even when we're p**sed off with each other we sit in a room and work." Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea on his band's impressive work ethic.

15th August 2011

Fact: Red Hot Chili Peppers are teaming up with Bbc Radio 1 to put on a free show in London on 02 September (11). The gig will be held at the city's Koko venue, and fans will be able to apply for tickets through a random ballot.

7th August 2011

Quote: "Were we impolite? We had our moments. We were very immature lads." Red Hot Chili Peppers star Anthony Kiedis on the band's wild past.

27th June 2011

Fact: California rapper and film student Kreayshawn will direct the Red Hot Chili Peppers' comeback video The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie.

15th June 2011

Fact: Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea is selling his vacation home. He has placed his three bedroom, three bathroom property in Malibu, California on the market for $4.7 million (£2.94 million). The bassist was forced to rebuild the beach house in 2007 after it was destroyed by a wildfire.

3rd June 2011

Fact: Peter Mensch, who co-manages acts like Metallica and the Red Hot Chili Peppers has wed British Conservative Party Member of Parliament Louise Bagshawe.

22nd February 2011

Fact: A friend's crazy LSD trip has inspired the title of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' new album, Dr Johnny Skinz's Disproportionately Rambunctious Polar Express MAChine-head.

24th November 2009

Fact: Neil Young will be celebrated with a special tribute during the 2010 Grammy Awards weekend in January (10). k.d. lang, James Taylor and Red Hot Chili Peppers are expected to perform at the event.

29th May 2009

Quote: "John Mayer is a wonderful guy. He is new blood and exciting and plays the guitar great. And the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They are amazing." Guitar legend Yusuf Islam picks his favourite modern artists.

3rd May 2009

Fact: Red Hot Chili Peppers star Anthony Kiedis will be honoured by Grammys MusicCares at a gala on 8 May (09). The benefit, which will feature performances from Iggy Pop and Kiedis' bandmate Flea, helps raise cash and awareness for charities which help musicians suffering from addiction problems.

13th November 2008

Fact: Red Hot Chili Peppers star John Frusciante has recruited bandmate Flea and former The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr for his new solo album THE EMPYREAN.

25th February 2008

Fact: Diane Keaton, Tilda Swinton, Dennis Hopper, Nicky Hilton and Red Hot Chili Peppers star John Frusciante were among the celebrity guests at Oscar-nominated director Julian Schnabel's art exhibition at the Gargosian Gallery in Beverly Hills on Thursday (21Feb08).

20th February 2008

Quote: "We took a look at each other in September (07) and we were like, 'You know what? I love you guys, but we all kind of need a break,' and we all said, 'Let's reconvene in one year.'" Red Hot Chili Peppers star Chad Smith on the group's ongoing hiatus.

11th December 2007

Quote: "(It involved) a lot of playing in front of overweight people eating hot dogs in the front row." The Mars Volta frontman CEDRIC BIXLER-ZAVALA wasn't inspired opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers on tour earlier this year (07).

19th June 2007

Fact: Metallica have been added to the packed bill at London's Live Earth global-warming awareness concert on 7 July (07). The star studded concert - one of many to be staged around the world on the same day - will also feature Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters, Snow Patrol, Madonna, Genesis, Black Eyed Peas, Bloc Party, Corinne Bailey Rae, Damien Rice, Duran Duran, James Blunt, John Legend and Keane.

26th May 2007

Quote: "She was in an all-girl band for a while and then she just stopped... They probably got into an argument over who was wearing what dress or something." Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea doesn't hold out much hope that his teenage daughter will follow in his rock `n' roll footsteps.

15th March 2007

Fact: Funnyman Chris Rock added TV presenter to his impressive resume yesterday (14MAR07) when he hosted MTV countdown show TOTAL REQUEST LIVE. The show featured the premiere of the new Red Hot Chili Peppers video, HUMP DE BUMP, which was directed by Rock.

11th February 2007

Quote: "They've made great music, but they don't seem like something I'd like us to be. They don't seem to have a real band unity. I don't know that they enjoy the process as much." Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis has no plans to emulate THE Rolling Stones.

10th October 2006

Quote: "I played the bass line, which was a big part of the song. They made millions and (I got) nothing - like 200 bucks and a bag of weed." Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist MICHAEL 'Flea' BALZARY on his contribution to the YOUNG MC hit BUST A MOVE in 1989.

25th July 2006

Quote: "I think it's odd that Rick Rubin produced both records and never noticed it when my gardener did. I won't sue, but I wouldn't mind if they cut me in for a piece." Tom Petty partly blames producer Rick Rubin for the well-publicised similarities between the Red Hot Chili Peppers hit DANI CALIFORNIA and his MARY JANE'S LAST DANCE.

31st May 2006

Quote: "I thought I was a juvenile delinquent... but those guys would do a f**king gram (of cocaine), smoke two joints, drink a six pack of beer and then go to school." Drummer Chad Smith describes how his Red Hot Chili Peppers band mates grew up.

14th May 2006

Quote: "I don't give a f**k if people see my c**k." Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has no problem with stripping on stage.

10th May 2006

Fact: Veteran band Duran Duran will make their first ever US festival appearance headlining the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Hallowe'en (31OCT06). The British band will star alongside the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

8th May 2006

Fact: Visitors to Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith's Hollywood home are greeted by artwork featuring the rocker's head fixed to movie great Cary Grant's body. Grant was the former owner of the property.

8th May 2006

Fact: Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea paid tribute to tragic comic John Belushi during the group's performance on US comedy show Saturday Night Live on Saturday (06MAY06) by scribbling the late funnyman's name on his chest in thick black ink. Belushi, who died from a drug overdose in 1982, was a regular on the satirical show.

5th May 2006

Quote: "I had to strip when I joined the band. They all insisted they had to see my erect penis." Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante describes his initiation into the band.

14th April 2006

Quote: "In the first three or four years of this band I was just getting high all the time - on the road, off the road, in between the road and the non-road." Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis recalls being in another plane world the band started out.

10th September 2005

Fact: <p>Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Coldplay have been added to tonight's (10SEP05) MTV telethon, ReACT. The stars will perform during a four-hour benefit show that will air on all MTV and related networks. </p>

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